Western Press Misled – Who Shot the Nine Soldiers in Banyas? Not Syrian Security Forces

A number of news reports by AFP, the Guardian, and other news agencies and outlets are suggesting that Syrian security forces were responsible for shooting nine Syrian soldiers, who were killed in Banyas on Sunday. Some versions insist that they were shot for refusing orders to shoot at demonstrators.

Considerable evidence suggests this is not true and that western journalists are passing on bad information.

* Testimony of colonel `Uday Ahmad. My wife spoke this morning to one witness who denied the story. He is colonel `Uday Ahmad, brother-in-law of Lt. Col. Yasir Qash`ur, who was shot and killed in Banyas with eight other Syrian soldiers on Sunday April 10, 2011. Uday Ahmad was sitting in the back seat of the truck which Yasir was driving when he was shot dead on the highway outside Banyas. Uday said that shooting was coming from two directions. One was from the roof of a building facing the highway and another from people hiding behind the cement median of the highway. They jumped up and shot into the two trucks carrying Syrian troops, killing 9. Col. Uday survived. Here is video of the shooting shown on Syrian TV sent by my brother-in-law, Firas, who lives in Latakia.

* Video of one soldier purportedly confessing to being shot in the back by security forces and linked to by the Guardian has been completely misconstrued. The Guardian irresponsibly repeats a false interpretation of the video provided by an informant.

  1. This is what the Guardian writes: “Footage on YouTube shows an injured soldier saying he was shot in the back by security forces.”

The video does not “support” the story that the Guardian says it does. The soldier denies that he was ordered to fire on people. Instead, he says he was on his way to Banyas to enforce security. He does not say that he was shot at by government agents or soldiers. In fact he denies it. The interviewer tries to put words in his mouth but the soldier clearly denies the story that the interviewer is trying to make him confess to.  In the video, the wounded soldier is surrounded by people who are trying to get him to say that he was shot by a military officer. The soldier says clearly, “They [our superiors] told us, ‘Shoot at them IF they shoot at you.'”

The interviewer tried to get the wounded soldier to say that he had refused orders to shoot at the people when he asked : “When you did not shoot at us what happened?” But the soldier doesn’t understand the question because he has just said that he was not given orders to shoot at the people. The soldier replies, “Nothing, the shooting started from all directions”.  The interviewer repeats his question in another way by asking, “Why were you shooting at us, we are Muslims?” The soldier answers him, “I am Muslim too.”  The interviewer asks, “So why were you going to shoot at us?” The soldier replies, “We did not shoot at people. They shot at us at the bridge.”

* Alix Van Buren, a veteran reporter for la Repubblica, Italy’s leading newspaper, is in Damascus and sends the following report about the possible role of armed Khaddam agitators in Banyas.

Josh, the picture is extremely confusing and it is often impossible to confirm data on the web. The absence of most foreign media here in Syria adds to that murky picture. What I can contribute about the question of “foreign meddling” is the following. These are direct quotes from leading and respected opposition members:

Sunday two of ex-Vice President Khaddam’s men were arrested in Banyas. A human rights activist confirmed that they were sowing trouble by distributing money and weapons. I don’t know what to make of the confessions of the three guys shown on Syrian tv today. However, several Syrian dissidents believe in the presence and the role of “infiltrators”. Michel Kilo, though he accepts that possibility, cautioned that the issue of “infiltrators and conspiracies” should not be exploited as an obstacle in the quick transition towards democracy.

Haytham al-Maleh was the most explicit in pointing to the meddling of Khaddam people in and around Banias. He also mentioned the “loose dogs” loyal to Rifa’t al-Assad. According to him they are active particularly along the coast between Tartous and Latakya. Here is a link to my interview with al-Maleh in La Repubblica.

The veteran blogger Ahmed Abu ElKheir, unfortunately now in prison for the second time in less than a month, and not yet released, has links to Banyas. The first, peaceful demonstration of Saturday morning was also sparked by the request for his release. In his Facebook profile, before being arrested, he too lashed out against Khaddam. Several commentators from that area agreed with him, cursing Khaddam for meddling “with the blood of the innocents”.

Finally, what do you make of the remarks by Haytham al-Manna from Paris to Al Jazeera?

There is much buzz about that over here, although, the Western media doesn’t seem to have picked upon it yet. See the text in Arabic from Al Watan. Manna basically says that he was approached by a group of men, including a Syrian businessman holding a foreign passport, who asked him to facilitate the distribution of money and weapons to the young demonstrators. There is a vague reference to a person in the group, linked to a “major Arab Gulf country”. Al-Manna is from Dera’a, and if what he said is confirmed, his origin adds significance to the context. He reportedly issued a warning to the people in Dera’a not to accept offers of money or weapons from anyone.

I am trying to get confirmation of the above directly from him.

Also see my interview with Suhair al-Atassi

Post script to the previous note sent by Alix Van Buren:

I finally got through to Haytham Manna in Paris. He confirmed the story of Al Watan, adding a few details: he spoke about three groups having contacted him to provide money and weapons to the rebels in Syria. First, a Syrian businessman (the story reported by Al Jazeera); secondly, he was contacted by “several pro-American Syrian opposers” to put it in his words. (he referred to more than one individual); thirdly, he mentioned approaches of the same kind by “Syrians in Lebanon who are loyal to a Lebanese party which is against Syria”. Well, he probably means Hariri. But that is MY OWN ASSUMPTION, as he flatly refused to name names, for he said he does not want to get into “les contrastes libano-libanaises”. But when I pronounced that name asking him to fully express his thought, he did not contradict me. He did also refer to other nationalities “meddling” in the Syrian rebellion. He stated that the “Intifadat Karama”, the Intifada of Dignity, is a “purely Syrian affair” and that no one, “neither Jordanians, nor Lebanese, nor Saudis” should interfere. “It is a matter that Syrians must resolve among themselves”.

He also was extremely firm in saying that anyone providing money and weapons to the Syrian rebels, is “pushing them to commit suicide”, as “the confrontation with the Security apparatus cannot be won through armed clashes. Both the firepower and the sheer numbers of the military plus the security (which he puts at 2,5 millions in total) would crush them”, he says. In his opinion, “the young can prevail only through non-violence. He agrees that there are people close to Khaddam and Rifa’t along the coast, but he believes “they are very few – in the dozens” – and that the two exiled Syrians “don’t really have a political base of support”. The people who do create trouble and receive money for doing so, according to him, are simple “misérables”, “destitute individuals who will do so in exchange for money”.

All of the above is part of the current discourse among the Syrian opposition.

* A three-page document purporting to be a “top secret” Mukhabarat memo, giving instruction to intelligence forces that “it is acceptable to shoot some of the security agents or army officers in order to further deceive the enemy” has been published on the web and republished by all4Syria. A copy was sent to me with a translation by a journalist with a leading magazine for my thoughts. It has blood splattered on it and is clearly a fake. What army, after all, would survive even days if its top officers were publishing orders to shoot its own officers? Not a good moral booster for the troops.

AFP and other news agencies have quoted opposition members from Banyas insisting that the nine officers and soldiers of the Syrian army shot by government forces in Banyas. They also claim that “shadowy agents” opening fire on the people are agents of the regime.

“Banias is surrounded by tanks. No one can get in or out. It is like a prison,” said Yasser, a shopkeeper. “Security forces were responsible for killing soldiers in Banias because they had refused to attack the city,” he added – an account that differed sharply from the official version.

The official Sana news agency had said nine soldiers, including two officers, had been killed on Monday when their patrol was ambushed outside the town.

The army has encircled Banias since Monday, when shadowy agents of the regime opened fire on residents, particularly in front of mosques, killing four people and wounding 17….

Syrian soldiers shot for refusing to fire on protesters.
Katherine Marsh – a pseudonym – in Damascus
guardian, Tuesday 12 April 2011

Witnesses claim soldiers who disobeyed orders in Banias were shot by security services as crackdown on protests intensifies.

Syrian soldiers have been shot by security forces after refusing to fire on protesters, witnesses said, as a crackdown on anti-government demonstrations intensified.

Witnesses told al-Jazeera and the BBC that some soldiers had refused to shoot after the army moved into Banias in the wake of intense protests on Friday.

Human rights monitors named Mourad Hejjo, a conscript from Madaya village, as one of those shot by security snipers. “His family and town are saying he refused to shoot at his people,” said Wassim Tarif, a local human rights monitor.

Footage on YouTube shows an injured soldier saying he was shot in the back by security forces, while another video shows the funeral of Muhammad Awad Qunbar, who sources said was killed for refusing to fire on protesters. Signs of defections will be worrying to Syria‘s regime. State media reported a different version of events, claiming nine soldiers had been killed in an ambush by an armed group in Banias.

Activists said not all soldiers reported dead or injured were shot after refusing to fire. “We are investigating reports that some people have personal weapons and used them in self-defence,” said Tarif….

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101. Nour said:

NK:

I think it would be naive to believe that what those FB “revolutionists”, along with the broad-based Arab media, are doing is simply innocently posting videos and spreading information that they are unable to verify. They are not mere amateurs that are making errors along the way. This is part of an organized, concerted campaign to incite people to violence and hatred. That’s why I completely reject it and reject those organizing this whole charade. As for the genuine protesters I already accepted some of their demands as legitimate and I have stated that they have the absolute right to demonstrate peacefully. I also condemn in the strongest possible terms the use of violence (ANY VIOLENCE) by security officers against peaceful protesters. I have no illusions about the nature of the moukhabarat in Syria, I understand quite well their repression and their despicable treatment of Syrian citizens, and I outright reject it.

However, I do not believe that I should just support anyone opposing the regime by simple virtue of their opposition to the regime. I support ideas not reactions. I also don’t support many of the demands of the protesters, regardless of the fact that I support their right to protest peacefully. And I definitely don’t support he use of dishonest and disingenuous means to combat the regime, because to me people using such means are no better than the regime.

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April 14th, 2011, 3:46 pm

 

102. Majhool said:

الرئيس الأسد يقرر الإفراج عن الموقوفين على خلفية الأحداث الأخيرة ممن لم يرتكبوا أعمالا إجرامية

Not criminals yet got tortured

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April 14th, 2011, 3:47 pm

 

103. Vedat The Turk said:

@ California Souri

Thanks for your input. I can see where you are coming from. But there is something that I would appreciate if you could answer for me: How do you know that the statements Khaddam made to the BBC were truthful? He is known to be less than truthful in his claims so why should anyone beleive him now?

From all of the evidence that has been presented in the reputable press the uprising in Syria has been a grass roots movement without ANY foreign inducement. Just as in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Libya etc. To say that the demonstrators are being guided by foreign powers in Beiruit or Paris is laughable and has no place in scholarly discussion of what is taking place.

No doubt foreign agents are on the ground gathering intelligence and trying to figure out what is going on. But this is far different than former Baathists acting as agent provocateurs for foreign powers.

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April 14th, 2011, 3:55 pm

 

104. EXILED SHAMI said:

Dear Abbas,

I appreciate you comments and your pragmatism. I certainly would not like to see more exiles. But in settling for a compromise with an armed robber, you need to remain mindful of who is the criminal.

Australian Shami:
I would like reply point-by-point. Perhaps this can shed some light on our differences.

“Exiled Shami,
Who the hell do you think you are?! Are you insinuating that the Alawis are behind what is going on? Well mate, or should i say idiot, you are clearly wrong. Either you are subject to the extremist Suni religion, or you are Jew or American. I will not
say that you are a general Suni, beacuse you are not worth the dust on their feet.”

1. I am a Syrian, of Syrian blood, from Bab Sreejeh in Sham. My military service branch (‘askariyeh shu’beh) is in Kanawat. I am not a Jew or an American.
2. If I were a Jew or an American, what’s the problem?
3. If I were a Sunni or Shiite or Christian or Jew or Ahmadi or Alawi, what’s the problem?

The problem is when government abuses its people and becomes self-serving at the expense of its people. If people of a certain group have vested interests in government remaining self-serving, then I’m going to call it out. Syria is a home to all its people, but the Ta’ifiyya exists because of abuses of power by a few Tawa’if. It’s not a perceived problem, it’s a real problem, and it’s not off the table for discussion. Some people want it to be off the table for discussion because they have everything to lose if you expose the matter to open examination. As someone said, “truth does not shrink from inquiry, only falseness”. The problem is when people can’t have a civilized debate, and instead resort to character smearing and labeling, instead of addressing the issues at hand.

“In case you havent realised, Those who are behind the problems in Syria are Zionists morons attempting to destroy the great country that is Syria. Sadly for them, they will not succeed these Grotesqu monsters and their manifest absurdities are absolutely disgraceful. And apparently, you are subject to their stupid ways of thinking and manipulation.”

In case you haven’t realized, the Baatists have destroyed Syria already. Israel would kick our ass in an instant in a war because of decade of criminal mismanagement. To pour salt in the wound, the Baathists cynically boast of their “resistance” to Israel, when the reality is they handed over the Golan Heights, and since then the safest border with Israel has been the Syrian border. I hope that Syrians wake up and smell the coffee. The Syria that I would like to see is a strong Syria, that has leverage against the Zionists, not leverage against its own people.

“IF all Shamie people think the way you do, than they all deserve to be exiled!”

Hmmm… So because I disagree with you I deserved to be exiled. That’s just sad. I hate to break it to you. Syria is my country as much as it is yours. I will never try to prevent anyone from going into my country. But God be my witness, I will spend my every dirham and dinar, and spend my last drop of blood, to help take my country back from the thugs that have stole it.

I look forward to returning to my beloved country in dignity, free of the murderous thugs who rule it.

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April 14th, 2011, 4:03 pm

 

105. Silv said:

NK
about the “Egyptian spy”, read this
http://www.tarekshalaby.com/2011/03/my-cousin-radwan-detained-in-syria/
and this
http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2011/4/7/egyptian_american_mohamed_radwan_released_from_syrian_custody

The guy has a US passport, worked in Saudi Arabia, travelled in South America and demonstrated in Tahrir.
If the Americans had been more cautious about who they were sending to Guantanamo, they wouldn’t have taken in Yemeni kids, Pakistani and Afghan innocents, etc. But as we all know,army officers don’t like to play smart.

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April 14th, 2011, 4:38 pm

 

106. ziadsoury said:

Majed,

I agree with you as far as the need for a change. However, there is no need to use arms by the people. The difference between Egypt and Libya is one called a revolution and the other is a civil war. The Egyptians had the sympathy of the entire world while the Libyans do not. I also a strong believer in the right to bear arms (just like the US allows its citizens) but the use of these arms must be very restricted.

Mina,

The Syrian economy will never get there as long as the goal to be the second coming of Jamaica. Yes tourism is important and Syria has much to offer but it should not be the main engine behind its economy. We need a better vision and goals. The Syrians have the ability to succeed in the fields of science, medicine, engineering and business beyond your imagination (this blog is a proof of that). In order to do so they need to revamp the legal and educational systems at a minimum. Tell me which major company is willing to open a research and development center in Syria? None comes to mind. No one in their right mind would put his Intellectual Property at the mercy of the Syrian legal system.
Education is more than remembering multiplications and divisions by heart. It is about the ability to question everything and come up with your own conclusions. It is about the ability to fail, accept failure and learn from it in order to succeed. Critical thinking is not allowed in the educational system. Yes I went to High school in Syria and got into the engineering school in Aleppo but not once was I allowed to think for myself. I remember getting ready for the political science final, barely studied for it. All I did was talk about the efforts of our Father Hafez Al Asad in multiple essays and answers. All my answers were very similar. Hafez was the greatest leader in Syrian history. I got 80%. You call that an education?

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April 14th, 2011, 4:39 pm

 

107. majedkhaldoon said:

Nour;
I am surprised at the way you twist facts, you are supporter of tyrany and support the dictator, while you advocate freedom, this is pure hypocracy.
You are wrong on all accounts-
1-HA used his arms against Lebanese ,do not tell me otherwise ,deceiving will not work
2- Those who are killing are not the protestors ,they are the regime stoodges, please stop denying this fact,yes killing syrian is wrong but who is doing the killing ,get your fact straight, thet are hired by the regime,they are the criminals.
3-Your SSNP is known for their criminal acts, they killed,Riad Al Solh,They killed Adnan Al Maliki, proven by court, They helped Asad to kill Hariri
We have enough of lies and dictatorship,and if you support freedom you will be against dictators, while you support,tyrany,I promise you one thing ,your time is up.

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April 14th, 2011, 4:43 pm

 

108. Atassi said:

Nour..
Sure. I wanted this evil GONE, I have many many issues with This oppressive regime and I have no regret for saying that and I hope one day it will topple and go to hell.. Blood sucking, civilian killing, oppression …What more!

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April 14th, 2011, 5:01 pm

 

109. Nour said:

Majed:

I would appreciate it if you would stick to issues you have more knowledge on and stay away from the SSNP for now, for you have no clue what you are talking about. Before commenting on Adnan al Maliki’s assassination being “proven by court” go back and read the court transcripts if they interest you. Al Maliki was killed by Akram Al Deiri in conjunction with Egyptian intelligence, and there is clear evidence of that. But in any case, this is not the issue now.

You show yourself to be no better than the Baathist regime, because you cannot tolerate anyone having a different viewpoint than yours. Either I support this silly “revolution” or I am a supporter of “tyranny” according to you. In other words, there is no room for alternate views and you are ready to condemn everyone who doesn’t agree with your version of things. Well, that’s exactly why I don’t support this “revolution”, because it is filled with people like yourself, who are no better than the Baathist regime, and want to impose their views on everyone. I’ll refrain from discussing or debating any matter with you because it will get us no where.

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April 14th, 2011, 5:18 pm

 

110. NK said:

This Imam was among the Daraa delegation that met Bashar earlier today, here’s what he has to say.

P.S he confirms all the atrocities that were security forces committed in Daraa.

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April 14th, 2011, 6:25 pm

 

111. brian said:

\’U.S. Says Iran Helps Crackdown in Syria
By Adam Entous And Matthew Rosenberg
14 April 2011
The Wall Street Journal Online\’
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well, US not only helps the crack down in Bahrain, Clinton gave the goahead for the saudist invade. The US is in no position to rebuke the iranians for what they think iran did given what the US democrat govt has really done!

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April 14th, 2011, 6:55 pm

 

112. NK said:

http://en.rsf.org/syria-journalists-detained-as-threats-to-14-04-2011,40030.html

Authorities arrest freelance journalist reporting for France Culture who occasionally works for Le Monde

Eleven journalists detained as threats to media increase

Reporters Without Borders today called on the Syrian government to free nearly a dozen journalists and netizens it has imprisoned as it battles protests against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

“The terror and arbitrary rule must end,” the media freedom organisation said, “and all those held, as well as prisoners of conscience, must be released.”

Among journalists and netizens arrested are Algerian freelance reporter Khaled Sid Mohand, who was making documentaries for the French broadcaster France Culture’s “Sur les docks” programme and who also works for the French daily Le Monde. He was picked up on 9 April and is thought be in a Damascus prison.

Syrian journalist and writer Fayez Sara was arrested on 11 April in the capital after attending a meeting of the opposition Damascus Declaration National Council. He was earlier arrested in 2008 and imprisoned for two and a half years for signing the Declaration, which calls for lifting the state of emergency, allowing freedom of expression and assembly and the departure of the ruling Assad family.

Threats and attacks on journalists have increased during the current unrest and foreign journalists, including those working for the Associated Press and Reuters news agencies, have been deported. Many Syrian journalists and bloggers have also been arrested. The regime is preventing foreign and local journalists from covering demonstrations and some have been physically attacked. Entry visas for foreign journalists are hard to get.

Syrians and foreigners living in the country are afraid to speak up and the authorities have imposed a media blackout on the protests and on the brutality of police and troops against demonstrators.

Those being held include Wassim Hassan, blogger (since today), Mohamed Zaid Mistou, Syrian-born Norwegian correspondent for the news website Al-Arabiya.net (since 7 April), Akram Abu Safi and Sobhie Naeem Al-Assal (since 24 March), Amer Matar, of Al-Hayat (1 April), journalist Zaher Omareen (27 March), journalist and writer Mohamed Dibo (19 March), blogger Ahmed Hadifa (24 March) and Kurdish blogger Kamal Hussein Sheikou (held since 16 March).

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April 14th, 2011, 7:10 pm

 

113. Australian -Syrian said:

# 78 nk,
You need a new PhD, as far as im concerned you should flush that one down the toilet and gete one for ‘dumbness’.

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April 14th, 2011, 7:33 pm

 

114. Off the Wall said:

Dear ZIADSOURY
Thanks for your kind words a couple of days ago. I have been reluctant to post yesterday as I have noticed a trend that I am not happy being a participant at. Please recognize that. I could not agree more with your comment #104 In both of its components.

You have asked about end game, and believe me, my head is about to explode thinking about one and i can not find one that would be a win-win scenario. As for who to blame, I will not continue posting the same thing over and over again.

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April 14th, 2011, 8:20 pm

 

115. NK said:

Australian -Syrian

I’m still waiting your apology for attacking me earlier, next time you have a nervous breakdown make sure you’re attacking the right guy N.Z =/= NK
It’s funny how you study law yet have very little respect for any laws or human rights. /golfclap

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April 14th, 2011, 8:29 pm

 

116. Australian-Syrian said:

NK,
LOL, I apologize for that mistake!I meant to write N.Z, not NK.
My glasses were out of reach when i was typing…HAHA:)
So N.Z that comment was referred to you.

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April 14th, 2011, 9:44 pm

 

117. Syria Almighty said:

I like how all the terrorist supporters willfully ignored the news article showing terrorists from Lebanon trying to enter Syria.

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April 14th, 2011, 10:34 pm

 

118. Australian -Syrian said:

Syria Almighty,
Well, what do you expect? Honestly if a terrorist from the outside was starring these people in the face, they’d deny it. They would either say that the Syrian government has hired them to act that way, or that they are not really terrorist, that the media is making up lies.

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April 15th, 2011, 3:12 am

 

119. Mahjool said:

الكلاب تنبح والقافلة تسير

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April 15th, 2011, 3:16 am

 

120. Umniyya said:

Dear JAd
i know that there is a huge possibility that alshabeeha might do something crazy, if this crazy inside the regime decided to go on with the plot that those who are moving these things are sectarian issues and a sectarian war will result out of it.
what i am saying that everyone is trying to change the course of these demonstrations, and force it into the sectarian track.
open the tv and see the stupid programs 24 hours broadcasting that we are one people and never thought to ask about each others’ Gods!!! ALmufti SY TV almutran now. dounia tv which this blog seems so much in love with has interviewed “a Muslim girl” who said that someone removed her scarf while she was walking , WTF IS THIS
almutran on one hand has invited the Christians to respect the martyrs and celebrate in doors but on another hand his following lines are supporting the idea.
SYRIANS DON’T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT THESE THINGS. those who moved didn’t have these ideas in their minds, THEY ARE forcing these ideas into the people’s minds
I am syrian i lived all my life in syria i never thought this way. Syrians are fully aware of the results of these things.
syrians are fully aware that khadam is a …[edited] .

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April 15th, 2011, 3:59 am

 

121. Maysaloon - ميسلون said:

[…] shootings, at least on the Syrian coast, might have actually been carried out by groups linked to Khaddam. I can't discount that, and it might be quite possible. But there are so many lies, and such a […]

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April 15th, 2011, 4:27 am

 

122. Ali Mohey Aldeen said:

Interesting post, though Joshua obviously has not been a fan of the Assad’s policy; however, he is being neutral in the way several documents have been presented.

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April 15th, 2011, 6:24 am

 

123. khalid said:

dear all,(addressing especially the true and honest Syrians)
dear brothers try as ever not to be misguided by the anti-Arab Syrian political positions whose partisans have been planning to destabilize Syria since long time and are still on the same track

let’s draw a simple comparison on some internal Syrian governmental positions :
as you know sectarianism is the mortal opium to all people
as you know there is no country to be built on religion-based standards (the thing that we are being trapped to by some defamed poodles (such as Bander bin Satan (بندر بن شيطان)& Saad al Hariri the ugly monkey (نحـس الحريري السعدان المسخ و المشوّه )and abd al shitan khaddaa(عبد الشيطان خدّاع )

we in dear Syria never ever interested in talking in sectarian way because this language addresses only the illiterate who are no more than an easy tool in the hands of the obscurantist ugly semi-religious clerks of such clercks can address nothing but the emotions & playing on sectarian feelings ( هكذا صنف من ما يسمى برجال الدين فهم ليسوا إلا أشخاص فتنة وينطبق عليهم قوله تعالى : ومن الناس من يعجبك قوله في الحياة الدنيا ويشهدالله على ما في قلبه وهو ألدّ الخصام وإذا ولّي سعى في ا
لأرض ليهلك الحرث والنسل والله لا يحب الفساد وإذا قيل له أتق الله أخذته العزة بالإثم فحسبه جهنم و لبئس المهاد )

every simple human being who addresses the mind can attract people from so many political / religious / intellectual orientations and can enter into their own hearts just because he is a human being

dear religion is pure relation between a Man & the all Mighty Alla and there is nothing in life to measure piety but the real ,true and direct-to-sky deeds / the pure and heartily tolerant and humanitarian communications

as a true Muslim I will never ever allow any human being to interfere in the relation between Alla and me because once an infallible human being interfered I will be spontaneously obsessed & remoe-controlled by those who set themselves on earth as the holy power (He is only the All Mighty Alla to evaluate my deeds and misdeeds and not an infallible humane being who eats and urine and ….) really I will be vulnerable to misguiding
I shall stick to the holy Qouran & to every piece of info (from any rational references )that demands me to act aS A HUMAN BEING AND AS an uppish

regarding Syria;s international position :
Syria is on graound supporting the true Arab causes (Palestine cause and adopt the Palestinian rights and suffers from US sanctions because of such political positions (do the so-called Saudi or Any other semi-Arab in other Arab countries do the same ANSWER ME IF YOU REALIZE AND ABLE TO Analyze OH ARAB HUMAN beings

Syria was against the USA invasion of Iraq UNLIKE other semi_ARAB entities

Syria has no USA military or AIR bases on its SYRIAN TERRITORIES

SYRIA UNLIKE MOST ARAB SEMI_COUNTRIES has its independent national political will really unlike those Arabic-speaking countries whose political will is controlled by the USA

to Syria every so-known as Arab citizen can enter without a VISA UNLIKE what is followed by other Arab semi-countries

all of you are mere poodles in the hands of the true enemies of the true ARAB & true ISLAM if you as ARAB do not walk in the ARAB SYRIAN ORBIT (4 ur info SYRIAN ORIENTATIONS CAN work and apply to all Arab people but not all other so-called Arab political orientations could apply to all Arab people

وآخيراً ضعوا بالحسبان أن من كان الله القدير معه لــــــــن تهزمه قوة عللى الأرض أرض الله و الله أدرى بتسيير أمورها
عاشــــــــــــــــــــــــــــت ســـــــــــوريا صامدة وعزيزة في وجه الطغاة و المجرمين سواؤ ممن بليت الأرض العربية بهم إذ ولدوا فيها أو ممن أتى من خارج الأرض العربية

ســـــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــوريـــــــــــــــا
بلــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــدي
حماها الرحمن من أعداء الرحمة وأعداء الإنسان

ذّل مـــــــــــــــــن أضمر العداء لبلدي ســـــــــــوريا

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April 15th, 2011, 8:36 am

 

124. Why do they look for Bashar’s good side? | peacefare.net said:

[…] Joshua Landis has published evidence that the allegation of Syrian soldiers having been shot for refusing to fire on protesters […]

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April 15th, 2011, 9:19 am

 

125. 5 dancing shlomos said:

Disgraceful Distortions by The Guardian

Syria and the Delusions of the Western Press
By PETER LEE

http://www.counterpunch.org/lee04152011.html

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April 15th, 2011, 1:15 pm

 

126. Christian Syrian American said:

I cannot believe how anyone can believe any sotry from the Syrian ruling family ! I do beleive strongly that those officers were killed by secret police. The regime has done many henious crimes in the past and has fabricated many stories.

Those who defend the regime are either beneficial from it or ignorant people !

Viva free and democratic Syria

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April 15th, 2011, 10:03 pm

 

127. nissim said:

As for the ” document” of Mukhabarat, it’s useful to read how Syrian well-known Nizar Nayouf discovered on 13 April that it’s fabricated by Syrian Dr. Radwan Ziadah living in Washington and working with Mossad officer Nir Boms:
http://www.syriatruth.info/content/view/1960/36/

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April 16th, 2011, 12:15 am

 

128. Scott Liddle said:

This post gets front page coverage in today’s copy of Tishreen (Sat. 16 April) under the headline:
الصحافة الغربية استخدمت روايات بقدر كبير من انعدام المسؤولية والمهنة

And the surtitle:
خبير أميركي يؤكد أنها تعرضت للتضليل في تغطية أحداث بانياس

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April 16th, 2011, 8:09 am

 

129. محمود said:

لن أطيل عليكم ! انها تكنولوجيا سياسية مثلها مثل الحملات الانتخابية الممولة ! لكنها هنا تأخد شكل شن حرب و تمويل ميداني لوجستي ! مكشوفة لنا نحن السوريون ! مثقفينا أجدر و أخبر من صانعي تلك التكنولوجيا !

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April 16th, 2011, 9:41 am

 

130. A propos des troubles en Syrie « Mounadil al Djazaïri said:

[…] La presse occidentale induite en erreur – Qui a tué par balles 9 soldats à Banias? […]

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April 17th, 2011, 9:10 am

 

131. koki said:

السلام عليكمانا سورية اؤكد ان هناك تدخل اجنبي وعربي بقصد الطائفية وهذا نلاحظه من مناطق المظاهرات ومذهبيتها مع قلة من طوائف اخرى بغرض الضغينة والامل في الوصول الى شيء من الحكم ولايوجد عاقل لايقول بانه ليس هناك تحامل من الوسائل الاعلامية ويقومون بتغييب الجزء الاكبر من الشعب الذي لايريد مايحصل حتى ولو استبعدنا المؤامرة , انا لااعلم ماهي الديمقراطية بان يغيب الجزء الاكبر الذي يريد الرئيس ولا يريد المظاهرات ولا اعلم من رشح هؤلاء الذين في الخارج ليطالبو بحقوقنا ومن يؤيدهم في الداخل ايضا نسبة ضئيلة جدا لا حتى ان الكثير من الشعب يحس بالبغض تجاههم وليس من اجل مايحصل بل من اجل عدم مصداقيتهم , اغلب الدلائل تؤكد ان على وجود حالة صراع طائفي وهذا ماجعل الناس داخل سوريا ضد المظاهرات بدون اي انتماءات حزبية ولا اظن ان الحكومة هي المسؤلة لاني تعرضت الى الحرب الطائفية من قبل عامة الشعب وليس من الحكومة فرجال الدين لايقصرون ولو بالخفاء في نشر هذا البغض بين الناس .شكرا

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April 17th, 2011, 4:12 pm

 

132. Latakian said:

I don’t see any weapons in the video. The guys running away could be running away from the heavy firing of the soldiers themselves we have no way of knowing. And, the truck should have been seen on fire from the heavy firing that we heard, especially since the “fighters” where so close to the vehicles.
And one should notice how the TV anchorwoman said: These are the “peaceful” protests that they claim.
As if everyother cities had armed protests. The syrian government is defending it’s massacres (Like today they killed many in Lattakia including what seemed to be a child) and we see their lies distrivbuted on the internet.

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April 18th, 2011, 5:40 am

 
 

134. Media Distorts Truth To Propagandize For NATO-Backed War On Syria | prison planet blog said:

[…] the Center for Middle East Studies and Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma, documents how AFP, the Guardian and other media outlets completely misconstrued a video that purported to show… as a punishment for refusing to gun down […]

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April 26th, 2011, 1:30 pm

 

135. Hidden behind propaganda a giant crime against Libya is fact « Mein Parteibuch Zweitblog said:

[…] regime change in Syria, the imperial British Guardian spreads the same sort of absurd anonymous lies accompanied by the same sort of faked videos that were used against Libya: Syrian soldiers shot for […]

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April 26th, 2011, 9:14 pm

 

136. Syria Propaganda Intensifies to Justify Yet Another “Humanitarian Intervention” | End the Lie – Independent News said:

[…] a story that will allow, yet again, the UN to justify an invasion. In fact, it has already been revealed that the claims of Syrian security forces murdering Syrian soldiers, along with other information, […]

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April 27th, 2011, 12:07 am

 

137. Media Distorts Truth To Propagandize For NATO-Backed War On Syria | Breaking news, current events, and the truth exposed! said:

[…] the Center for Middle East Studies and Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma, documents how AFP, the Guardian and other media outlets completely misconstrued a video that purported to show… as a punishment for refusing to gun down […]

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April 30th, 2011, 9:12 am

 

138. Media Distorts Truth To Propagandize For NATO-Backed War On Syria « truth.valor.freedom said:

[…] Center for Middle East Studies and Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma, documents how AFP, the Guardian and other media outlets completely misconstrued a video that purported to show… as a punishment for refusing to gun down […]

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May 3rd, 2011, 12:24 pm

 

139. Syria: Lybia 2.0? It looks more likely by the day | Sovereign Independent said:

[…] This would not be the only instance in which mystery gunmen were fomenting violence between both sides in a foreign nation, as Tony Cartalucci has detailed. Arab bloggers have also covered this issue, as well as the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma…. […]

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July 8th, 2011, 5:35 pm

 

140. Syria: Lybia 2.0? It looks more likely by the day « WRC559 said:

[…] This would not be the only instance in which mystery gunmen were fomenting violence between both sides in a foreign nation, as Tony Cartalucci has detailed. Arab bloggers have also covered this issue, as well as the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma…. […]

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July 9th, 2011, 5:08 am

 

141. Syrie : déstabilisation orchestrée | Association EEChO said:

[…] journalistes plutôt lucides ont fait état de la présence de snipers, qui ont tué des personnes dans leur voiture ou en pleine rue, sans se rendre compte de la […]

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July 13th, 2011, 10:27 am

 

142. 873 said:

Kudos to Landis for being fair and objective re: this latest slur against Syria. His wife’s first hand contact with those involved couldnt be more credible.
Not to say allegations against the regime are not true in other cases, and instances where regime is guilty, let it be proven and acknowledged. On the other hand, propaganda disinfo should be exposed and reviled.

Landis is doing the work here today that the MSM would be doing if it had integrity. No more comment needed on that. Thank you Mr Landis.

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August 4th, 2011, 4:49 pm

 

143. 873 said:

16. Duteronomy:

You’re missing the most important factor here and that is that part of story was verified by Landis’s wife whose contact was IN THE WAGON ITSELF FEATURED IN THE VIDEO. So its not all just another ‘he said she said’ photoshop montage.

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August 4th, 2011, 5:27 pm

 

144. True said:

Besho and his inner circle people along, of course, with his ancestors simply downgraded Syria from a “State” to just a “Farm” & people from “Citizens” to “Slaves”, they appointed bunch of thugs and gangs to run the farm while sucking up resources to the last drop of our blood. Yet you still find some deluded people like “Menhebks” come and argue that there’s no other option but the “family”.

Besho’s nepotism brings a thug like Fawaz (the cousin) to be the lord of Lattakia (btw he likes to call himself Austaz. Fawaz), and the same nepotism brings another thug like Rami Makhlouf (the other cousin) to be the lord of Syrian economy (yes he calls himself Asutaz. Rami) and surely the list goes on and on.

Besho is incapable to deliver a new modern State FREE of corruption, nepotism and Bathissts, Besho should leave the office.

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August 4th, 2011, 5:42 pm

 

145. Syrie: Mensonges, salades ou vérités ??? said:

[…] l’orienter insidieusement dans un sens voulu… Comme cela a été attesté sur l’excellent Blog Syria Comment de Joshuah Landis, on arrive à transmettre le contraire de ce qu’attestent les personnes […]

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August 8th, 2011, 2:19 pm

 

146. Siria, la ricetta di Luay Hussein said:

[…] sulla Siria contemporanea avviato e per lunghi anni moderato dall’americano Joshua Landis, sposato con la figlia di un generale alawita – ha intervistato […]

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October 22nd, 2011, 11:42 am

 

147. Tambores de guerra para Siria: comienzan las mentiras mediáticas para justificar la intervención | Falsas banderas said:

[…] Joshua Landis, director del Centro de Estudios del Medio Oriente y profesor asociado en la Universidad de […]

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October 30th, 2011, 8:38 pm

 

148. Sibia Liria. Notizie false o senza prove « SibiaLiria said:

[…] Oltre al famoso Osservatorio siriano per i diritti umani basato in Gran Bretagna e che ha due teste in lotta fra loro, un’altra fonte dei media e dell’Onu sono i Comitati di coordinamento locale, che nutrono con le loro cifre il Centro di documentazione sulle violazioni (Vdc). La statistica del Vdc entrata nell’ultimo rapporto dell’Onu, di pochi giorni fa, parla di “6.399 civili e 1.680 disertori uccisi” fra il 15 marzo 2011 e il 15 febbraio 2012. Insomma: tutti i membri delle forze di sicurezza uccisi erano disertori? Nessun soldato, per il Vdc, è stato ucciso dall’opposizione armata, tranne quelli passati contro il regime, che verrebbero trucidati dai commilitoni? Questo si scontra con il rapporto (occultato) degli osservatori della Lega Araba (http://tunisitri.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/le-rapport-de-la-mission-des-observateurs-arabes-en-syrie/#more-4548/) che hanno testimoniato di atti di violenza da parte dell’opposizione armata contro civili e militari. Lunghe liste di “vittime del terrorismo” sono diffuse con aggiornamenti giornalieri ovviamente ignorati dai media.  Inoltre l’esercito non avrebbe potuto mantenersi così coeso se avesse passato per le armi tanti suoi membri. Il governo dà ampia pubblicità ai nomi e all’origine dei soldati uccisi e ne trasmette i funerali. L’opposizione invece non fornisce i nomi dei presunti disertori che elenca fra le vittime. Fra le prime vittime militari, nove soldati su un bus attaccato già il 10 aprile 2011 verso Tartous. Presunti “testimoni” citati dai media li indicavano come disertori uccisi per aver rifiutato di sparare sui dimostranti. Ma un sopravvissuto ha negato recisamente (http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/?p=9115). […]

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July 5th, 2013, 5:06 am

 

149. Cos’è successo davvero a Homs? « SibiaLiria said:

[…] Oltre al famoso Osservatorio siriano per i diritti umani basato in Gran Bretagna e che ha due teste in lotta fra loro, un’altra fonte dei media e dell’Onu sono i Comitati di coordinamento locale, che nutrono con le loro cifre il Centro di documentazione sulle violazioni (Vdc). La statistica del Vdc entrata nell’ultimo rapporto dell’Onu, di pochi giorni fa, parla di “6.399 civili e 1.680 disertori uccisi” fra il 15 marzo 2011 e il 15 febbraio 2012. Insomma: tutti i membri delle forze di sicurezza uccisi erano disertori? Nessun soldato, per il Vdc, è stato ucciso dall’opposizione armata, tranne quelli passati contro il regime, che verrebbero trucidati dai commilitoni? Questo si scontra con il rapporto (occultato) degli osservatori della Lega Araba (http://tunisitri.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/le-rapport-de-la-mission-des-observateurs-arabes-en-syrie/#more-4548/) che hanno testimoniato di atti di violenza da parte dell’opposizione armata contro civili e militari. Lunghe liste di “vittime del terrorismo” sono diffuse con aggiornamenti giornalieri ovviamente ignorati dai media.  Inoltre l’esercito non avrebbe potuto mantenersi così coeso se avesse passato per le armi tanti suoi membri. Il governo dà ampia pubblicità ai nomi e all’origine dei soldati uccisi e ne trasmette i funerali. L’opposizione invece non fornisce i nomi dei presunti disertori che elenca fra le vittime. Fra le prime vittime militari, nove soldati su un bus attaccato già il 10 aprile 2011 verso Tartous. Presunti “testimoni” citati dai media li indicavano come disertori uccisi per aver rifiutato di sparare sui dimostranti. Ma un sopravvissuto ha negato recisamente (http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/?p=9115). […]

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July 5th, 2013, 5:07 am

 

150. SANGRE SIRIA: QUIÉNES SON LOS MUERTOS? ¿QUIÉN MATÓ A QUIÉN, Y QUIÉNES SON LOS QUE LO DICEN? « SibiaLiria said:

[…] negado disparar contra manifestantes. Sin embargo un superviviente refutó eso rotundamente (http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/?p=9115). Además, muchos vídeos de “mártires” que circulan por youtube, y […]

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July 5th, 2013, 5:09 am

 

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